31 Dec 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN


The service on Sunday 4th January will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

24 Dec 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 28th December will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

22 Dec 2014

Clare Holohan Visit

My next date for herbal medicine and massage treatments in Kilchoan will be Monday 5th January if you would like to make an appointment. 

I would also like to wish you a joyful festive season and a happy, healthy 2015

Best Wishes,

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist
07903 922781

Kilchoan Hotel - Opening Hours

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17 Dec 2014

Christmas Week Church Services

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 21st December will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

The Christmas Eve service of carol will be at 4.00pm.

15 Dec 2014

Community council minutes - December

The meeting minutes are available here.

Many thanks to Ritchie for taking the minutes in my absence :)

Shop Opening Hours

The Ferry Stores
.
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Tuesday 23rd Dec Open 9.00 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.30

Wednesday 24th Dec: Open 9:00 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 4.30
Post Office closed from 12.30pm

Thursday 25th Dec - Happy Christmas!

Boxing Day 26th Dec: Open 11.30 - 3.00
Post Office CLOSED. Newspapers Available.

Saturday 27thDec: 9.15 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.30
Post Office closed from 12.30 pm


Sunday 28th Dec: Open 11.30 - 2.00
Newspapers Available.

Monday 29th Dec: Open 9.00 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.30

Tuesday 30th Dec: Open 9.00 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.30

Wednesday 31st Dec: Open 9.00 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.30
Post Office closed from 12.30pm

Thursday 1st Jan - Happy New Year!

Friday 2nd Jan: Open 11.30 - 3.00
Sorry, no ferry, no newspapers

13 Dec 2014

Church Breakfast

There is breakfast at 10am at the church tomorrow, Sunday, before the Family Service at 11am.

11 Dec 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 14th December will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

9 Dec 2014

Hand Made Wreaths for Sale

Peggy May is preparing some Christmas wreaths for sale at the Christmas Fair this Thursday and Friday 1pm to 7pm in the Kilchoan Gallery and Craft Shop. She was out in the storm this afternoon collecting different foliage from around the hills to make these beautiful wreaths. There is a limited amount so pop in earlier to get your handmade wreath.

Church Event Called Off

Due to the forecast bad weather, tomorrow's Advent Tea & Coffee event in the church has been cancelled.

WACDC Minutes

The minutes of the latest meeting of the West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company are available for download here.

As its name suggests, this is a locally-run company dedicated to the improvement of this community.  It is based on a membership which currently stands at 19 out of a local population of over 250.  The company is therefore very anxious to increase its membership, particularly as it faces important decisions in the coming months.

The current directors are Rachael Haylett (Chair), Jac Crosbie (Secretary), Jessie Colquhoun, Rosie Curtis, Davie Ferguson, Ritchie Dinnes, Maggie Hallsworth, Jon Haylett, Gill Haylett, Sharon MacLachlan.  They will be approaching people over the coming weeks asking them to join.

Alternatively, contact the Kilchoan Diary by email, and you'll be sent an application form.

8 Dec 2014

Advent Coffee & Teas

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Clare Holohan Visit

My next date for herbal medicine and massage treatments in Kilchoan will be Monday 15th December if you would like to book in.

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist

07903 922781

4 Dec 2014

Christmas Fair

Kilchoan Crafts

Christmas Fair

@ The Steading


Thursday 11th and Friday 12th
from 1pm to 7pm

May's baking, mulled wine, mince pies
and a selection of gifts for Christmas

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 7th December will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

3 Dec 2014

Corran Battle Continues

This is the text of a press release from Free Crossing for Corran, issued today:

The community campaign to secure the future of the Corran crossing is seeking legal counsel to dismiss Highland Council claims that EU ‘State Aid’ rules prevent them from supporting the lifeline ferry service that connects some of the most fragile rural communities in the Highlands and Islands to the rest of the mainland.

This follows high-profile support from MSP John Finnie and former Council leader Dr Michael Foxley, who have both dismissed the authorities claims as a smokescreen.

The campaign is also calling for transparency in Council accounts and a place at the table in government talks to determine the future of the lifeline.

Following the recent Highland Council report and meeting on the current Corran Ferry service and its ever-increasing fares, and other council visits to the area, FC Corran met to respond to accusations from the council of a lack of community interest and claims that ‘State Aid’ prevented any local government financial support for the service.

Convenor, Tony Boyd, said, “The State Aid argument is simply a smokescreen for a council who are unwilling to deal proactively with this service. The EU rules do not apply and we are currently seeking legal advice on this. We are delighted that Mr Finnie has spoken out so categorically on the issue.”

The main obstacle to progress remains a lack of clear information on the true costs of the service, with no real picture on whether the service really runs at a loss, or if it is self-supporting.

Tony Boyd said, “The problem for the community and the campaign is that we are working in an information vacuum. Highland Council have supplied some figures in isolation, but what is needed is a complete audit of the ferry budgets to see the true picture of the finances of the operation, which is the second busiest crossing in Scotland.

“Local councillor Thomas MacLennan requested an audit back in the spring of this year on our behalf, and we are still waiting.”

The FCC group have also drawn up a list of key challenges for Highland Council and await the authority’s response with interest.
  1. Highland Council must provide accurate figures on Profit & Loss accounts and overall budget for the Corran Ferry, and carry out an audit as officially requested several months ago.
  2. Highland Council should publish the legal opinions on which they base their assertions on ‘State Aid’. FCC are seeking their own independent advice. 
  3. Highland Council must work with the community to look at cost savings, without compromising the service, rather than continuing to increase fares. The group welcome the new approach of the HC to have real consultation with the representatives of the group, but remain conscious of several recent ‘tick-the-box’ public engagements. 
  4. Highland Council must ensure that FCC and the community are clearly represented at the planned meeting between Highland Council and the Scottish Government - an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the Government’s stated aim of transparency. 
  5. Highland Council must take clear and committed action to ensure a long term, and sustainable, solution to the Corran Crossing, whether a fixed link or new vessels. 

28 Nov 2014

Archaeology & History of Branault

The Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology group is meeting on Sunday at Branault - everyone welcome.  For details, contact me.

26 Nov 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 30th November will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

20 Nov 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 23rd November will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

19 Nov 2014

Community Council minutes - November 2014

Minutes from our November meeting can be found here.


Papers related to the meeting are also available from the following link

Any problems, contact me at our new email address: westardcc@gmail.com 

12 Nov 2014

Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology


ACA will hold a meeting on Monday 8th December at 8.00pm in the Kilchoan Learning Centre to discuss progress so far, to plan for the winter season, and to look at funding for future activities and training.

All very welcome

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 16th November will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

11 Nov 2014

Red Deer Talk

Red Deer in Ardnamurchan

Want to find out more about the 3 species of deer (including the red ones) with which we share the peninsula, why they behave the way they do, how they are managed, and just what they mean to our environment and to the local economy?

Come and hear Niall Rowantree talk about all these things on

Friday 21 November at 7pm in Kilchoan Learning Centre

Fee £2.50

To book a place contact, Pat Glenday: pat.glenday.whc@uhi.ac.uk or call 01397 874 260

WACDC Minutes

The unconfirmed minutes of October's meeting of the West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company are available for download here.

Any relevant comments or points should be made to the Secretary at info.wacdc@gmail.com

6 Nov 2014

Remembrance Day Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN


The Remembrance Day service on Sunday 9th November will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

After the service, wreaths will be laid at the war memorial.

4 Nov 2014

Highland Council Budget Consultation 2014

Please see the following information regarding the current Highland Council budget consultation. You can complete the online survey as an individual, or feedback your thoughts on the key issues for West Ardnamurchan to me at westardcc@gmail.com (Please note new email address!!!!)

You can read the full survey without completing the online version from this link.


Budget Consultation 2014 – Phase 2
Thank you for agreeing to be part of the Highland Communities Panel. This is a difficult time for Highland Council. We are facing increasing costs and demand for services but will not receive an increased cash grant. This means we need to address our budget gap of £64million over the next four years. We are making changes internally to save money but we will need to make changes in how we provide services.
This survey is very important: it outlines our proposals to save money and how these proposals may change the services we provide. This is your opportunity to let us know how these proposals could affect your group/ organisation and the wider community.
The survey will take around 30 minutes to complete. You can access the survey using the link below:
Any information we receive from you will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be used for any purposes other than this research. 
I ask that you please complete the survey by Friday 14th November.

3 Nov 2014

Clare Holohan Visit

Clare Holohan's next date for herbal medicine and massage treatments in Kilchoan will be Monday 24th November. She already have a lot of bookings so spaces are limited, book quickly to avoid disappointment!

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist
07903 922781

31 Oct 2014

Church Service



CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 2nd November will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

27 Oct 2014

Community Bonfire Night - 8th Nov


Thanks again to Katie Stafford for the poster. It was too good not to use it again!

Halloween Party - Sat 1st Nov


Poster credit goes to Katie Stafford :-) 

Bonfire Wood Wanted

Does anyone have wood or materials suitable for the Community Bonfire?
Collection will be on Saturday 1st Nov.
Contact Hughie on 07428 119238 or Gael on 07920 752742


The Community Bonfire and Fireworks will be on Saturday 8th Nov
Details will be posted on the Kilchoan Diary.

Community Council - November meeting

The agenda and minutes for the next Community Council are now available.

Please note that the meeting will be held at the Ardnamurchan Distillery at 8.00pm on Monday 3rd November.

22 Oct 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 26th October will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Fiona Ogg.

15 Oct 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 19th October will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

9 Oct 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 12th October will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Jean Whitton.

8 Oct 2014

Clare Holohan Visit

Clare's next date for massage and herbal medicine treatments at the Learning Centre in Kilchoan is Monday 20th October if anyone would like to book in for a treatment.

07903 922781
www.westhighlandherbal.co.uk

4 Oct 2014

This Winter's Courses

Courses at Kilchoan Learning Centre this winter include the following:



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To book, or if you have any queries, contact Pat Glenday at pat.glenday.whc@uhi.ac.uk or 01397 874260.

2 Oct 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 5th October will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Stuart Robertson.

1 Oct 2014

TMSA Young Trad Tour Concert


 
In February this year six of the best young musicians in Scotland competed in the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year awards, held at the City Halls, Glasgow. This was the culmination of months of auditions and heats to narrow down the breadth of Scotland's musical talent to six worthy finalists.
 
The competition was extremely close with the judges finally voting Robyn Stapleton from Stranraer as the 2014 winner. Also within the group of finalists was Neil Ewart from Kilchoan who impressed with his fiddle playing.
 
Off the back of the final the 2014 Tour is now underway and involves visiting the home locations of all this year's finalists, and we are fortunate to be welcoming such talent to Kilchoan. The group is also pleased to have with them last year's winning finalist Paddy Callaghan.

We hope you can join us for what will be a great evening of musical entertainment.
 
 
Concert to be held at Kilchoan Community Centre.
 
Monday 6th October at 8pm.
 
 
Entry by Donations.

25 Sep 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 28th September will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev John Shields.

23 Sep 2014

West Ardnamurchan Community Council minutes - September

The minutes from our September ordinary meeting are available here, and AGM minutes here.

The next WACC meeting will be held on Monday 6th October at 8.00pm.

19 Sep 2014

Art Workshop - Design your Own Clock

Stephen French will be leading his annual art workshop at
 
Kilchoan Learning Centre
 
Wednesday 1st October
 
10am - 1pm
 
All welcome - no experience necessary.  Advance booking essential.

War Hero Bear Talk

Wojtek
War Hero Bear
&
From the Volga to the Clyde

Well-known author Jenny Robertson will be at Kilchoan Learning Centre on Tuesday 7th October at 7pm to tell some of the fascinating true stories that lie behind these books. Wojtek was an orphan bear cub rescued by young Poles in Persia in 1943.  Hear all about his amazing journey and more!

To book places please contact Pat Glenday:

18 Sep 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The Harvest Festival service on Sunday 21st September will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

11 Sep 2014

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 14th September will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

7 Sep 2014

Reminder: Referendum event Monday 8th


REMINDER 

Referendum event

Kilchoan Community Centre
Monday 8th September at 7.00pm. 

 

There will be


v  table based discussions to give everyone the chance to discuss the issues that matter to them, and

v  a debate type section with John Finnie MSP and Mary Scanlon MSP putting the cases for and against independence.
The evening will be facilitated by Pete Sachs from Scottish Community Alliance, with John and Mary on hand to support the table based discussions.

 

3 Sep 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 7th September will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Mary McLachlan.

29 Aug 2014

2015 Show & Sports

The 2015 West Ardnamurchan Show & Sports will take place on Friday 24th July - a date for your diary.

27 Aug 2014

Ardnamurchan at Home Festival

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A full programme can be downloaded by clicking on the link here.

Church Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 31st August will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

25 Aug 2014

Referendum evening in Kilchoan - a "Big Vote" event

The Big Vote
Putting the independence debate into the hands of local people

Community conversations to consider the big question:
Should Scotland be an independent country?
  • An opportunity for local people to discuss the issues that matter to them.
  • To discuss the cases for and against independence.
  • To gain a deeper understanding of some of the big issues at stake.

A Big Vote event will be held at Kilchoan Community Centre on Monday 8th September at 7.00pm.

The event takes the form of small group discussions, based around a card game that has been specially designed to promote conversation about many of the key issues and arguments that surround the debate.  So, whether or not you have made your mind up about which way to vote, why not come along and have a chat about your concerns?

The event will be facilitated by Pete Sach from the Scottish Community Alliance with John Finnie MSP and Mary Scanlon MSP on hand to support the table based discussions, answering questions or providing clarification when called upon to do so. 

Click on this link for more information on Big Vote events. 

24 Aug 2014

WACC AGM and ordinary meeting agendas

The West Ardnamurchan Community Council AGM will be held on Monday 1st September at 8.00pm in Kilchoan Community Centre, with an ordinary meeting to follow.

The agenda for the AGM is available here, and for the ordinary meeting is here.

Edited to add correct link to ordinary meeting agenda

20 Aug 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 24th August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

Table-Top Sale Cancelled

The table-top sale, scheduled for 24th August, has been cancelled.

19 Aug 2014

Goat Keeping Course

This is a one day course which includes both theory and practice (some of the goats that you will be working with are in this picture), designed to cover the fundamentals of goat husbandry, giving everyone the opportunity to handle goats and practise skills such as fitting a halter, foot-trimming and milking.

The course will cover:
  • Selecting the appropriate breed with a consideration of milk yield, fibre quality, meat production value
  • Health and safety considerations.
  • Legislation relating to goats: tagging, transport, slaughter, etc.
  • Grants and subsidies
  • Goats and other animals on the croft/smallholding
  • Requirements for shelter and grazing
  • Goat nutrition
  • Milking
  • Goat reproduction
  • Goat health, common complaints and treatments
  • Sources of further information
The course will run from 9.30am until approximately 6pm. We will meet at Kilchoan Learning Centre for the introduction to the course, and then move on to Craigard Croft (about half a mile away) for a chance to meet some goats and practise goat keeping skills. The tutor, and owner of Craigard Croft is Tom Bryson. You can read more about him and his croft on his blog: http://craigardcroft.blogspot.co.uk The fee for the course, which includes refreshments and lunch (including goat produce) is £90.

The course is eligible for ILA, which, if you are yourself eligible, will give you £200 towards the fees for eligible courses. To apply for an ILA call 0800 917 8000. You should do this right away as the ILA approval process takes about 3 weeks. To be eligible your personal annual income must be less than £22,000 and you must not be a student or have a degree.

If you would like to book a place on the Goat Keeping course, please let me Pat Glenday know as soon as possible as places are limited.

Work (Direct Dial) 01397 874 260

Kilchoan Learning Centre, Pier Road Kilchoan, PH36 4LH, email: pat.glenday.whc@uhi.ac.uk

18 Aug 2014

Clay Pigeon Shooting at the Sonachan

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Try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting, August 22 & 23rd Bank Holiday weekend at the Sonachan Hotel, Ardnamurchan.

Everyone Welcome, total novices, ladies, gents and children over 12 years old.
Suitable for all levels of ability.

The Clay Pigeon Shoot includes 30 shots, clays and instruction, and lasts between one and two hours depending on the size of the group.  Cost is £30 per person, and advance booking is necessary.

Phone Sonachan 01972 510 211 or leave a message on the event facebook page.

Fully supervised tutoring is on hand by A.P.S.I. instructors who have years of experience within clay pigeon shooting as well as all aspects of game shooting. They have developed a huge knowledge and understanding of the art and techniques of shooting which they are happy to share with you - so you can be sure to hit that clay at some point during the day!

Your party will receive a full briefing to ensure you handle the shotguns correctly and to give you the best chance of hitting the clays.  Qualified, friendly & professional instruction, gun hire, cartridges, hearing and eye protection, and insurance are all included  They ensure that everyone receives a full briefing of gun handling, safty and shooting etiquette as well as basic coaching geared to individual needs.  Spectators welcome, take lots of photos!

Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 1pm for learners and total beginners, then 2pm - 5pm Sat & Sun we are having a wee bit of a competition to see who is THE BIG SHOT!

13 Aug 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 17th August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Lindsay Biddle.

Maclean's Nose Fish Farm

Marine Harvest have lodged papers requesting planning permission for a new site for a salmon fish farm comprising 12 x 120m circumference circular cages in a 75m mooring matrix, and a 200 tonne capacity C-Cap feed barge, to be moored off MacLean's Nose. As part of this, they will be installing a pontoon by Mingary Pier. If the community talks to Marine Harvest, there's a strong chance that we will benefit by being able to use this pontoon. The development is also likely to see the creation of six full-time and two part-time jobs. Personally, I have made a comment supporting the application.

The application, number 14/02568/FUL, can be viewed here.

11 Aug 2014

Community Development Meeting

The West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company, which helped deliver the highly successful Kilchoan Playpark, has organised an open meeting next Tuesday to discuss ideas for future projects. There have already been some suggestions. These include -
  • A marina
  • A new shop
  • A community minibus
One possibility is to appoint a Development Officer to find funding for, and push through projects which the community wants. The Development Officer would have to obtain grants so he/she was self-funding, at least for the first year. Another option is to do nothing.

Please come along to express your views and help make decisions at the Kilchoan Community Centre tomorrow Tuesday, 12th August, at 7.30pm.

Clare Holohan Visit

My next date for massage and herbal medicine treatments at the Learning Centre in Kilchoan will be next Monday 18th August if anyone would like to book in for a treatment. 

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist

07903 922781
www.westhighlandherbal.co.uk

6 Aug 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 10th August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

30 Jul 2014

Sunday Services



CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 3rd August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Robert Mercez.

The annual Songs of Praise at Sanna Mission Hall will take place at 3.00pm that afternoon.

28 Jul 2014

Regatta Programme


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WACDC Open Meeting

Your Community Company wants YOUR development ideas!
 
Please come along to an Open Meeting at the Kilchoan Community Centre on
Tuesday 12th August
7.30pm
 
Items to be discussed may include a future community shop, a new pontoon, a community minibus, plus any other ideas you may have!
 
All Welcome

25 Jul 2014

Ladies Football Saturday

Kilchoan Ladies take on Motherwell Ladies on Saturday 26th, kick off 1.00pm at the sports field next to Kilchoan Community Centre.  Please come along and give them your support.

23 Jul 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 27th July will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

21 Jul 2014

West Ardnamurchan Show Competitions

Here’s a reminder of this year’s West Ardnamurchan Show competitions. It would be fantastic if everybody entered at least one thing. Please get your entries to me, in the small marquee at the sports field, between 10am and 11am on show day – 25 July. It’s £1 per entry for adults, and £1 per child, no matter how many classes they enter. If you have any questions please get in touch.

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Contact Pat Glenday on Work (Direct Dial) 01397 874260 or email pat.glenday.whc@uhi.ac.uk

Kilchoan Pram Race Rules

Click on poster to read it.
Entry forms are available from kilchoanpramrace@hotmail.co.uk

16 Jul 2014

Sunday Service

CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

The service on Sunday 20th July will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev John Thomson.